Pause

Satisfied

Thriving

Filled Full

Abundant

Goodness

Pure Joy

More Than Enough

You Won’t Lack a Thing

These words, pulled from our readings for this week, describe life as God intended. A life overflowing with all the good things God longs to give us.

This week of Thanksgiving, let’s open our eyes to notice what God has given us, open our hands to receive God’s blessing, open our hearts to receive God’s love, and open our arms to share God’s abundance with others.

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Listen

Everyone should give whatever they have decided in their heart. They shouldn’t give with hesitation or because of pressure. God loves a cheerful giver. God has the power to provide you with more than enough of every kind of grace. That way, you will have everything you need always and in everything to provide more than enough for every kind of good work. As it is written, He scattered everywhere; he gave to the needy; his righteousness remains forever.

2 Corinthians 9:7-9

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Think

All week we have been talking about the abundant generosity of a God who loves us and longs to give us abundant life. God has been generous to us; everything we have comes from God’s hands.

And God’s generosity knows no bounds! God blesses us with food and shelter, with God’s presence, with the creation that is ours to use and enjoy.

God’s generosity to us should inspire us to live with arms wide open, sharing what we have with the people around us. We can be a part of God’s abundance to those who don’t have what they need. We can be a part of God’s blessing to those who need to know God’s love and presence. We can and should be a part of God’s work!

Ann Whitfield Carter

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Pray

God, help me to cheerfully give out of the abundance you have given me. Multiply what I give so that everyone on earth will have enough of everything. Amen.

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Go

Notice all you have been given and thank the Giver.

Notice God at work and thank the Giver.

Notice God beside you and thank the Giver.

Notice God inside you and thank the Giver.

Notice God in others and thank the Giver.

Notice God in nature and thank the Giver.

Notice the need around you, open your arms to share, and thank the Giver.

Notice.

Just look around where you are right now.

And thank the Giver.

Ann Whitfield Carter

Ann Whitfield Carter serves at Richmond’s First Baptist Church in Virginia as their Associate Minister for Youth and Social Media. Wife to David for 24 adventure- and laughter-filled years and mother to three strong, generous, and always entertaining daughters, Ann’s life is full and rich. When she isn’t working, Ann is either traveling wherever she can to join the work God is doing in our world or taking classes at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond to earn her Master of Divinity. She relies on large doses of coffee and peaceful moments with God on her porch to fuel her lifestyle.

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